why am i riding a firefly?
why do you ask so many questions?
maybe if you asked fewer questions, you wouldn’t be in trouble, and we wouldn’t have to come and save you.
this is the second of a series of paintings featuring myself astride insects.
you can see the first one here.
one day, i will finish this series.
this painting inhabits the space between abstract and representational. does that make it a surreal work? i don’t know. things exist prior to classification, so i’m am not unduly concerned.
this was a commissioned piece. that sounds so very profesh until i tell you that my Mom is she who commissioned it. she’s my number one curator. but i’ll have you know she is possessed of discriminating taste.
currently, it is hanging on the wall of her office. i took liberty with color, deviating from the golds and crimsons she requested. those colors are too hot for a work environment. how can we both calm and let in some vibrant, dynamic, energizing light?
the underbelly of a leafy canopy would do just that, throwing dappled light on a pane of glass below. capturing that along with the movement of light and leaves became the motive which evolved with the work.
oil painting on canvas
paintings like this are enjoyable to create because there is no pressure to commit to form.
also, the dynamic flow of colors and lack of representative imagery keeps the eyes moving.
this painting seems organic, and to me seems both vegetable and embryonic. seeds burst, flowers bloom. if it sounds like i’m referencing Georgia O’Keefe it’s purely accidental- who doesn’t like attractive vegetation?